Experimental Intervention [NO], [Why are you here?]
Social interaction experiments/In the Art Center Library/Collaboration with Christiane Holzheid, Julia Tsao, Ping Tsung Li/2009

[NO]

This is the first experiment we did for knowing and understanding people's interaction when they encounter the objects, signs, and interfaces in everyday space. What we did here is making a giant word 'NO ' by covering the book spines to engender interaction with people in the library. We chose a library as a site-specific area because it is calm and quiet but also a lot of subtle behaviors are happening inside.

Findings
The first project 'NO' was making people confused in a way. They did not know what to do and didn't care much about it. There are certainly needed more direction or clear sign for intriguing participant's interaction cause most of them are considered it as an installation art work rather than interacting with it. What they said is that they didn't want to break it.

[Why are you here?]

As a next project following the previous one, we executed 'Why are you here?'
In order to bring and trigger people's attention and make participant more interact with it, this time we made an obvious huge arrow with yellow papers. So people who are passing by outside of the library even could get the direction to the box. Moreover, it is the pointing at yellow box which contains two books to enable participant to leave a message on there. As a result, we were able to gather a lot of interesting messages from the participants.

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